Europe: Organisations and projects

Organisations and projects: Europe

Links include large organizations that have repeatedly addressed irregular migration and projects that solely focused on the issue or closely related topics. Users are invited to provide additional links.


CARIM: The Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration was created in 2004. It conducts research on irregular migration in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries.

EMN: European Migration Network is an EU-funded network of national contact points (NCPs) in all EU countries, coordinated from Brussels (Belgium). NCPs conduct coordinated research in order to provide up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum at the EU and member-state level to EU-institutions as well as the general public.

Europol: European Police Office is a European Law Enforcement Organisation supporting the law enforcement agencies in the EU member countries via providing a platform for exchange, security analyses and experts. In the context of irregular migration it deals with trafficking in human beings, people smuggling and illegal immigration among others.

EUROSTAT: Statistical Office of European Communities is located in Luxembourg. It provides comparable statistics on Europe.

FRA: Fundamental Rights Agency is an EU-funded network of national contact points (NCPs) in all EU countries and is the follow-up institution to the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. The FRA is coordinated from Vienna (Austria). It collects information and data on fundamental rights, provides advice to the EU and its member states, and promotes dialogue with civil society in order to raise public awareness of fundamental rights.

FRONTEX: an EU agency located in Warsaw (Poland), established to coordinate the operational cooperation between member states in the field of border security.

GDISC: General Director?s Migration Services Conference is an EU-funded network of the heads of of immigration services located in Den Haag (Netherlands). It provides a platform for exchanging experiences, initiating, co-ordinating and improving cooperation, and providing advice to relevant EU institutions.

HUMA Network: The Network Health for Undocumented Migrants and Asylum Seekers is composed of more than 10 European NGOs. It aims at defending access to health care for undocumented migrants and asylum seekers, adressing its recommandations to European institutions.

IMISCOE: “International migration, integration and social cohesion” is a network funded by the EU-commission and coordinated from Amsterdam (Netherlands). It consists of 23 research institutes working on international migration, integration and social cohesion.

MARRI: The Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative is a regional cooperation between six states in southeastern Europe and is based in Skopje (Macedonia). It has been designed to contribute to the orderly and free movement of people by providing administrative and organizational structures to its member states and governments, and by supporting the implementation of its advice.

NowHereland: ?Health Care in NowHereland ? Improving Services for Undocumented Migrants in the EU? is a EU-funded project that aims at creating a knowledge base for providing, exchanging and developing good practice of health care services for undocumented migrants in the 27 EU member states.

PIELAMI: “Building cooperation on preventing illegal employment of labour migrants” is a project conducted in 2006. It aims at building administrative cooperation and encouraging the exchange of information and best practices on preventing illegal employment of labour migrants and promoting lawful employment opportunities in Finland, Latvia, and North-West Russia.

PROMINSTAT: “Promoting quantitative comparative research  in the field of migration and integration in Europe” is a research project funded by the European Commission (2007-2009) and coordinated by ICMPD in Vienna (Austria). Following up on the COMPSTAT project, it has resulted in the creation of an online database on migration, which supports comparative studies on migration, integration and asylum.

REGINE: “Regularisations in the European Union” is a research project on regularisation practices in the European Union. The aim of the project is to provide a thorough mapping of practices relating to the regularisation of third country nationals illegally resident in EU Member States

THESIM: “Towards Harmonised European Statistics on International Migration” is an EU-funded project at the Catholic University of Leuven/Louvain (Belgium). Its purpose is to provide information on the different statistical sources on migration in each EU-country, covering aspects of data collection, administrative procedures and registration systems.

UWT: “Undocumented Workers Transition” is a research project affiliated with and funded by the Eurorpean Commission from 2007-2009. In the context of the project, research is being conducted on the motivation of undocumented migrants, differences between documented and undocumented migration and the integration of undocumented migrants into the labor market.